The bodhisattva path of seeking complete enlightenment for the sake of all beings
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    37 Practices of the Bodhisattva - Verse 7 Paid Member

    Ken McLeod continues his commentary on the 37 Practices of the Bodhisattva with Verse 7. Watch the other videos here. 7 Locked up in the prison of their own patterning Whom can ordinary gods protect? Who can you count on for refuge? Go for refuge in the Three Jewels — this is the practice of a bodhisattva. 1. What do you take refuge in and why? That is, when things get difficult, what, really, do you rely on?2. What challenges do you face in letting go of your habitual refuge and relying on your own experience? More »
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    Natural Bravery Begins Today! Paid Member

    Today we begin September's Tricycle Retreat, Natural Bravery: Fear and Fearlessness as Path to Awakening. Teaching this month's retreat is Gaylon Ferguson, Ph.D, a senior teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage and a professor at Naropa University. He is the author of Natural Wakefulness: Discovering the Wisdom We Were Born With, and his forthcoming book, Natural Bravery: Fear and Fearlessness as Path to Awakening Society, is scheduled to be published in 2012. In the opening of his Week 1 talk Gaylon explains, More »
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    Bowing Paid Member

    Heng Sure: "How can I get rid of my arrogance?" someone asked the Master at Gold Mountain. "Bow. Bow all the time to anything and everybody you see. Can you do that?" Bow not for something—to get something for yourself. Bow to empty yourself, to repent and clean out your mind. With no thought of self, all benefit. With a thought of self, all suffer. Bow to the Buddha-nature in all beings, sentient and insentient. With no self the Buddha appears. Can you do that? Heng Ch'au? When you bow slowly through these big hills and vast landscape you see that all of it is made up of tiny little particles—dust motes, atoms. Everything either can be broken down to empty space or from empty space built up into an ocean, a person, or a mountain. More »
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    Bodhidharma's Teachings Paid Member

    If you use your mind to study reality, you won't understand either your mind or reality. If you study reality without using your mind, you'll understand both. Those who don't understand, don't understand understanding. And those who understand, understand not understanding. People capable of true vision know that the mind is empty. They transcend both understanding and not understanding. The absence of both understanding and not understanding is true understanding. More »
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    Tonglen on the Spot Paid Member

    Tonglen is the Tibetan practice of “sending and receiving.” Tong means “sending out” or “letting go”; len means “receiving” or “accepting.” Tonglen is ordinarily practiced in sitting meditation, using the breath. Put simply, the practitioner breathes in the bad and breathes out the good, taking on the suffering of other sentient beings. At first the practice may appear self-defeating, but as the late Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche said, “The more negativity we take in with a sense of openness and compassion, the more goodness there is to breathe out. So there is nothing to lose.” More »